by Jane Drobin
The brain is the fattiest organ of our body; optimizing brain health is heavily based on diet and lifestyle. Having a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and healthy fats, such as avocados, nuts and olive oil, are essential. Supplementation with properly resourced fish oil provides benefits due to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), especially during the prenatal period for developing fetuses.
Ginkgo biloba, bacopa and lion’s mane are just a few botanicals that have been shown to provide brain health benefits. Traditionally used for increasing circulation, ginkgo biloba acts as a nootropic and antioxidant. Bacopa is an herb that is used for improving cognitive function, memory, learning and concentration. Lion’s mane, commonly known for its neuro-protective properties, is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and a has immune boosting benefits.
Perhaps the most important aspect of brain health is supporting what many researchers call our “second brain”, our gastrointestinal tract that is made up of 100 trillion microorganisms. This bidirectional pathway, known as the “gut-brain” axis can affect mood, behavior, anxiety and brain fog. There are 100 billon neurons embedded into the gastrointestinal tract and more than 30 neurotransmitters are utilized, just like in our brains. Having a healthy diet, taking supplements such as probiotics and maintaining a healthy gut integrity supports both of our brains.
Dr. Jane Drobin, is a naturopathic doctor, chiropractor and owner of Naturopathic & Chiropractic Family Health LLC, located at 1255 South Market St., Ste. 210, in Elizabethtown. For more information, call 717-381-5773, email [email protected] or visit NCFamhealth.com.